Writing and yoga

Howdy everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write.  I’ve been caught up in the heady work of business administration at the Washington Yoga Center.  It’s amazing how three or four months can go by, and the only writing I seem to do are emails, business reports, and Facebook posts.

But writing, like yoga practice, is a daily practice.  It takes discipline.  It takes commitment.  It takes honesty. Honesty with oneself, about your strengths and your weaknesses.  Honesty to tell yourself when you are procrastinating, when you are just phoning it in, when you are complaining to avoid doing what needs to be done.  In the end, writing requires that you just sit down and write, just as  you would just get on your mat and start your first Sun Salutation.  Your first sentence may not be perfect.   Your paragraphs will not read like Hemingway.  But, as Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”    You just have to sit down and do the work.

Then you get up the next day and do the same.  Sit down, read what you wrote, and then write.  And write some more.

It’s a habit.

Be on the lookout in the new year for a podcast interview I conducted with J. Brown on his Yoga Talks podcast.  I’ll post it to the website when it gets published.